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05/09/2017 to 06/01/2018 EARLIEST EUROPEANS - HOW DID OUR ANCESTORS SURVIVE?
 READING MUSEUM

This display curated by Dr Rob Hosfield of the University of Reading’s Archaeology Department and Dr James Cole of the University of Brighton’s School of Environment & Technology will introduce our earliest ancestors and show how they survived in ‘Ice Age’ Europe. It will include casts of skulls, tools, and video footage reconstructing how those tools might have been used. Linked to a wider project on the earliest humans and the climatic challenges they faced, run by Dr Hosfield and Dr Cole and funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Look out for the related talk and flintknapping activity!
Reading Museum, The Town Hall, Blagrave Street, Reading RG1 1QH
MORE INFO: Events Organiser 0118 937 3400   mail@readingmuseum.org.uk   Event Web Site
Leisure : Bars
17/11/2017 to 31/12/2017 APRÈS - THE WINTER BAR AT STATION HILL

For the third year the outdoor ski lodge bar will be back in Reading over the festive period. Gunter, head ski instructor/chief cocktail tester, and his team will be serving Mulled Wine, Frosty pints of Beer and their signature Winter Cocktails. Last year the bar moved to Station Hill, a move that WePop, the company behind the Après Bar, were extremely excited about. Their excitement was well-founded! A huge attraction to the Après Bar is their cosy mini chalets. Each one seats up to 10 people and is decorated with festive décor and blankets - and this year there’s a larger chalet as well, along with a marquee area with heaters. It’s a great spot to stop by for a swift drink during the festive period and it is also perfect for Christmas Parties. From reserving a small seated area or a chalet for a group, to hiring a section of the venue for your entire company.
Station Hill, Reading RG1 1NF
MORE INFO: WePop   Gunter@ApresReading.com   Event Web Site
Leisure : Christmas
01/12/2017 to 24/12/2017 WOKINGHAM LIVING ADVENT CALENDAR 2017

Wokingham’s Living Advent Calendar runs from 1st to 24th December each year. Each weekday at 6pm and weekends at 4pm from 1st December to Christmas Eve, a venue around the town will host a FREE performance lasting approximately 20 minutes. A community project, we work with local businesses, charities, performers and individuals to present these performances to the public. Each event is paired with a local performer (or group of performers) and a charity who take a collection. Join us for music, dance, drama and more this Christmas season! But you’ll have to wait and see what each evening will bring, performances are secret until the day!
Various around Wokingham - see website
MORE INFO: Gemma Cumming 0118 974 0889   artsandculture@wokingham-tc.gov.uk   Event Web Site
Leisure : Days Out
01/12/2017 to 06/01/2018 JOYEUX NOEL AT BASILDON PARK HOUSE

See Basildon Park dressed for Christmas like it never has been before, celebrating Lady Iliffe's French-Mauritian roots. The house will be presented as if for the evening, with atmospheric lighting, sumptuous decorations and a giant tree in the hallway, all drawing on Lady Iliffe's French-Mauritian roots. Booking Not Needed.
Basildon Park Lower Basildon Reading RG8 9NR
MORE INFO: The Administrator 01491 672920   basildonpark@nationaltrust.org.uk   Event Web Site
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01/12/2017 to 24/12/2017 HENLEY LIVING ADVENT CALENDAR

The Henley Living Advent Calendar is based on an original idea from Stockholm and began here in 2011. One of the first events of it's kind in the UK, and certainly the first locally, it runs every evening from December 1st to 24th. Like a children’s Advent Calendar, a different window or door is opened at 6:15pm promptly each evening and a 30 minute performance is given to the audience assembled. This can include songs, carols, music, poetry, book excerpts, notes from local history or folklore, sketches, dance etc, all with a Christmas or winter focus to them. Each Venue is matched, by the Organising Committee, with a local performer or group of performers and a collection is made, and Raffle tickets sold, every evening for selected local Charities.
Various around Henley on Thames - see website
MORE INFO: Richard Rodway 07920 589675   richard@thpsolicitors.co.uk   Event Web Site
08/12/2017 RAIN OR SHINE THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS DRACULA
 PURLEY BARN

1897. Transylvania. A lone English solicitor makes an ill-fated visit to an important client at a remote and mysterious castle. Soon afterwards, Count Dracula moves to London, where a bizarre plague begins to stalk its inhabitants. Can an intrepid team led by maverick-doctor, Professor Abraham Van Helsing prevent the infamous Count from getting his fangs into everyone before his grip over the people of London proves fatal? An atmospheric tale of maidens in distress, dark nights and vampires is here presented by Rain or Shine as you’ve never seen it before… Doors Open 7pm for 7.30.
The Barn, Goosecroft, off Beech Road, Purley RG8 8DR
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 942 4167

09/12/2017 to 31/12/2017 THE MAIDENHEAD PANTOMIME - ALADDIN

Television favourites SANDRA MARTIN (Channel 4’s Gogglebox) and NISHA ANIL (CBeebies) will star in this year’s family pantomime alongside a cast of West End performers and juvenile ensemble of local young performers! Following the exciting re-launch of The Pearce Suite Theatre at Magnet Leisure Centre, Q Productions is delighted to be bringing Maidenhead its first fully-produced professional pantomime with the much-loved family favourite, ALADDIN, which will be packed full of side-splitting comedy, stunning special effects and lavish costume.
The Pearce Suite Theatre, Magnet Leisure Centre, Maidenhead SL6 8AW
MORE INFO: Box Office 01494 917519
  boxoffice@q-productions.co.uk   Event Web Site

Local Information :
10/12/2017 NEWBURY FESTIVAL OF LIGHT LANTERN PROCESSION

Come along for our annual Lantern Procession, a stunning winter event that brings the community together to celebrate the festive season. Join in or just admire and soak up the atmosphere as the candle-lit procession travels along Northbrook Street to the Market Place. Meet from 4pm to take part or 4.30pm to watch. There will be live music from Beatroots and Tankata Drummers during the procession. Stay on after to enjoy headliners Faith i Branko and other foodie festivities in the market place.
Northbrook Street, Newbury RG14 1DN
MORE INFO: 0845 5218 218   Event Web Site
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10/12/2017 SUNDAY FUNDAY - SPORTS FUN FOR DISABLED CHILDREN AND FAMILIES

Join us once a month for our Sunday Funday sports fun session for disabled children and their families. This is a free, drop-in sports taster session giving children who are ordinarily unable to keep up in PE lessons on in the park the chance to explore accessible and adapted sport in a fun and friendly environment. Children under the age of 14 and their siblings can take part in Paralympic sports such as Boccia, Table Tennis and Wheelchair Basketball across a two-hour session that offers so much flexibility with others sports available to try such as New Age Kurling, Crossbow, Sitting Volleyball and Short Tennis. Whether a youngster wants to spend all afternoon on one activity or spend just a few minutes at each station it’s absolutely fine.
SportsAble, Braywick Sports Ground, Braywick Road, Maidenhead SL6 1BN
MORE INFO: Melissa Paulden 01628 627 690   melissa.paulden@sportsable.co.uk   Event Web Site
Leisure : Theatre
12/12/2017 to 31/12/2017 THE CAMBERLEY PANTOMIME - PETER PAN

Take the second to the right and join Peter Pan as he takes Wendy and her brothers on an action packed adventure in Neverland. Meet Pan’s best friend Tink and the Lost Boys as they help Pan take on his arch enemy Captain Hook! With all those sword fights, it will be all hands on deck for Mr and Mrs Smee as they do their best to keep everything shipshape. Camberley Theatre gives J.M Barrie’s timeless tale of the boy who never grows up a modern makeover. It is an unforgettable panto complete with flying, laugh out loud gags, singalong songs, breath-taking choreography and bucket loads of audience interaction. Will Peter Pan defeat Captain Hook? Will Wendy and her brothers make it home? Will Peter Pan ever grow up? Come along and fly to Neverland with us but be sure to bring happy thoughts and a little pixie dust!
Camberley Theatre. Knoll Road, Camberley GU15 3SY
MORE INFO: Box Office 01276 707600
  camberley.theatre@surreyheath.gov.uk   Event Web Site

Sport : Football
14/12/2017 ROYALS U18s v MILLWALL - FA YOUTH CUP 3rd ROUND

Our Under-18s will host Millwall in the third round of the FA Youth Cup at Madejski Stadium on Thursday 14th December, kicking off at 7pm. With senior teams playing in the Sky Bet Championship, both Reading and Millwall enter at this stage of the competition… a place in round four of the competition awaits the winner. We reached the quarter-final of the competition two years ago, when a Chelsea side spearheaded by Tammy Abraham were 2-1 winners at Stamford Bridge. Since then, four Royals that were in the squad – Omar Richards, Axel Andresson, Josh Barrett and Sam Smith – have all made senior-team appearances!
Madejski Stadium, Nr M4 J11
MORE INFO: Ticket Office 0844 249 1871   memberservices@readingfc.co.uk   Event Web Site
Leisure : Music
15/12/2017 READING HAYDN CHOIR - FESTIVE CAROLS AND MUSIC

Come and join us for Festive Carols and Music at 7.30pm on Friday December 15th. The Choir will be singing plenty of carols, both old and new, as well as some of the most popular choruses from Handel's Messiah...including the Hallelujah Chorus. And you can join in for some of your favourite carols. Mince pies and drinks will be served afterwards.
King William of York Church, Upper Redlands Road, Reading RG1 5JP
MORE INFO: Christopher Lock 07557 900 210   lock.chris1@gmail.com   Event Web Site
Local Information :
15/12/2017 CAROLS IN THE PARK WITH BRASS BAND AT BARKHAM

Please join Barkham residents and Breakaway Brass Band from 7pm to sing carols. Mulled wine and mince pies provided. 7pm Free event, but there will be a bucket collection for the band.
The Junipers, Elizabeth Park, Barkham RG41 4TA
MORE INFO: 0118 978 3373